Science Fiction Television: A History

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Science fiction series have remained a staple of American television from its inception: classic programs such as The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, and Star Trek, along with recent and current series including Babylon 5 and Stargate SG-1, have been some of the most enduring and influential of all television shows. In this chronological survey, author M. Keith Booker examines this phenomenon and provides in-depth studies of the most important of these series. Science Fiction Television traces the development of the genre as a distinct cultural phenomenon within the context of broader developments in American culture as a whole.

In the process, it offers a unique and informative guide for television fans and science fiction fans alike, one whose coverage is unprecedented in its scope and breadth. A must-read for anyone interested in its subject or in American popular culture, Science Fiction Television is a perceptive and entertaining history of one of television's most lasting forms of entertainment.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275981648
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2004
  • Series: The Praeger Television Collection
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 226
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

M. KEITH BOOKER is Professor of English at the University of Arkansas. He is the author of many articles and books on modern literature and culture, including Monsters, Mushroom Clouds, and the Cold War (Greenwood, 2001) and Strange TV: Innovative Television Series from The Twilight Zone to The X-Files (Greenwood, 2002).

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Table of Contents

1 Early predecessors to The twilight zone : the birth of science fiction television 1
2 From Doctor Who to Star trek : science fiction television comes of age 19
3 Lean years to Star trek : the next generation : science fiction television is reborn 67
4 The golden nineties : science fiction television in an age of plenty 111
5 Back to future : science fiction television in the new millennium 149
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